Alzheimer's Cure Index

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One hundred years ago, Dr. Alois Alzheimer identified the ailment that bears his name. Scientists are now decoding the disease and testing drugs that could delay and maybe even cure Alzheimer's. Here are the public companies who are beind these drugs designed to treat, delay or prevent Alzheimer's.

According to a recent BusinessWeek article, "there are currently 4.5 million Alzheimer's patients in the U.S., and the direct and indirect costs of caring for them total more than $100 billion a year, making Alzheimer's the third most expensive illness after heart disease and cancer. Yet the federal government budgeted only $645 million for Alzheimer's research for 2007, $7 million less than the prior year. In contrast, $2.6 billion was allocated for research into HIV/AIDS, which afflicts one million Americans."

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